Donald Trump wants to build Florida movie studio

LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 3: Donald Trump arrives at the 2012 Miss USA pageant the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on June 3, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images) Isaac Brekken

Donald Trump arrives at the 2012 Miss USA pageant on June 3, 2012, in Las Vegas.
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(CBS News) Donald Trump is looking to get into the movie business.

The real estate mogul and "Apprentice" host wants to build a film studio in South Florida, according to local reports.

At a meeting of the Miami-Dade County Commission on Tuesday, plans were unveiled for Trump Studio City, which would be built, in part, on county-owned land near the Homestead Air Reserve Base, the Miami Herald reports.

Trump didn't attend, according to the Herald, but his lawyer Michael Cohen was there and reportedly told commissioners he envisioned the project bringing in thousands of new jobs and millions of dollars in revenue. He added that Trump Studio City would be twice the size of Universal Studios.

"It could inject as much at $262,000 in local revenue (a day)," Cohen told commissioners, according to CBS station WFOR in Miami. "The vision for this project is a massive studio city that would range in studio size from 25,000 square feet to 250,000 square feet. With 15-20 acre back lots that really handle any type of movie. Any type of television series that could ever be dreamed of."

Architectural renderings reportedly show connected plazas, tall media centers, palm-tree-lined boulevards and production stages ranging up to 250,000 square feet.

Commissioners voted unanimously to give the county attorney 90 days to study the proposal, the Herald reports. If the commission approves the findings, the county would have another 90 days to work out land deals and get a working contract.

Similar plans were presented in 2001 for a movie studio, also near the Homestead Air Reserve Base, according to WFOR, but that venture did not move forward.

  • Jessica Derschowitz

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